Imagining Identity: 100 Filipino Self-Portraits • A Selection From the Paulino and Hetty Que Collection

Feb 9 to Mar 4, 2012 • Finale Art File

The collection, personally handpicked for public viewing by Que, is an extensive survey of various works produced from 1826 to 2011. The oldest artist featured in the collection is Damian Domingo (b.1796-d.1833), the first Filipino painter to depart from the tradition of religious art under Spanish colonization; the youngest is Belgian-Filipino artist Francis Luis Commeyne (b.1988).

The collection shows various ways by which Filipino visual artists—who have altered our ways of seeing the world— represent themselves: from traditional self-portraits to more concept-based works.

The first self-portrait acquired by Que is among the oldest works in the show: Juan Luna’s Indio Bravo in 1886. Other historical works are Domingo’s 1826 miniature portrait on ivory; works by both master genre painter Fabian dela Rosa and Modernist champion Victorio Edades in the 1920s; a 1950 work by printmaking pioneer Manuel Rodriguez, Sr.; and the 1968 self-portrait of Federico Alcuaz, who passed away last February 2, 2011.

Works from the late 70s’s to 80′s include an early portrait by Social Realist Jose Tence Ruiz and Nena Saguil in Paris. The exhibit also shares David Medalla’s 1984 self-portrait and Manuel Ocampo’s self-portrait in 2003. The show also features works by younger artists such as Lyra Garcellano, Troy Ignacio, Mark Justiniani, Yasmin Sison-Ching, Tatong Recheta Torres, and Liv Romualdez-Vinluan.